Tommy's research centres

Our vision is a future where the UK is the safest place in the world to give birth and excellent pregnancy care is available for all. We fund pioneering research to find causes and treatments for pregnancy complications to prevent baby loss and improve maternity care across the UK.

Tommy’s Manchester research centre

Tommy’s research centre in St Mary’s Hospital opened in 2001. Our researchers here carry out pioneering work on stillbirth, the placenta, and fetal growth restriction.

The team’s ground-breaking research is translated into practice at 5 specialist research clinics.

Read more Tommy’s Manchester research centre and clinics.

Doctors and midwives at Tommy's Rainbow Clinic in Manchester

Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research

Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research is the largest of its kind in Europe. A collaboration between 3 top research universities, the centre opened in April 2016. Here, our researchers focus on gaining a deeper understanding of why miscarriage happens and how it can be prevented.

At the centre’s specialist research clinics, 24,000 women a year access treatment, support, and have the opportunity to participate in pioneering research trials.

Read more about Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research.

A female researcher looking into a microscope at Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research

Tommy’s London research centre

Opened in 1995, Tommy’s centre at St Thomas’ Hospital was the first maternal and fetal research unit in the UK.

The centre focuses on understanding and preventing premature birth and understanding pregnancy complications such as hypertension and diabetes.

Read more about Tommy’s London research centre and clinics.

A female researcher at a resacher lab

Tommy's Edinburgh research centre

Tommy’s research centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh opened in 2008. Research here concentrates on the impact of maternal obesity as well as other pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes.

Our researchers also carry out research into premature birth, and in October 2016 the team opened a Preterm Birth Clinic – the first of its kind in Scotland.

Read more about Tommy’s Edinburgh research centre and clinics.

A female researcher holding a test tube in a science lab at Tommy's research centre in Edinburgh

Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement

Supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives, the Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement is working to close the gap between best clinical science and best care.

The centre, which opened in September 2019, is working to create a digital tool which will support UK targets to reduce stillbirth and preterm birth, working with the NHS to reduce variations in maternity care and personalise care for women. 

Read more about Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement.

Find out about the impact of our work

Learn more about our pioneering research

  • Predicting and preventing premature birth

    Premature birth is the biggest killer of newborn babies in the UK and much of Tommy's research is devoted to predicting and preventing this. One discovery has made a huge difference to our ability to treat women in time.

  • Finding the reasons for stillbirth

    In more than half of stillbirths parents are not given a reason for their babies' death. Doctors simply do not know why it happens. This animation looks at how Tommy's researchers are finding out the causes of stillbirth and how this leads to treatments and saved lives.

  • Finding the reasons for miscarriage

    Too many miscarriages are unexplained. Our research is entirely dedicated to finding out why miscarriages happen and how to prevent it in the future.

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